SPFBO 5 Phase 1

Welcome to my not-so-official SPFBO page!

Let’s get the formalities out of the way first:

What is SPFBO?

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off is hosted by none other than Mark Lawrence, author of The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War, The Book of Ancestor and Impossible Times trilogies. 300 books compete, judged by 10 blogs and at the end of 10 long, bloody months 1 winner will emerge. You can find every detail on Mark’s SPFBO page along with the process of all 10 blogs in Phase 1.

What do I have to do with SPFBO?

I’m extremely excited that this year my blog is among the big 10! I had a great experience judging for Fantasy Book Review last year, but it’s nothing compared to the fact that I can lead my own team! Jen, Belle, Nick and me will be RockStarlit BookAsylum’s judging team and we are all very happy to be here. Find out more about us and how we are going to do things in this Introduction post!

What this page is for?

I’d like to keep track of our progress. You will find a list of the authors and books in our lot, the reviews we post, our reviews of other SPFBO entrants we read this year or will read in the coming months. I also plan to have a fun series, but more about that later. Basically, you’ll find every relevant link and information here 🙂

Our 30, RockStarlit BookAsylum’s process

As the other blogs, we got 30 books assigned as well. We have 4 judges, who each will pick 1 maybe 2 semi-finalists. We will try to write as many reviews as we can, probably mostly mini reviews and full reviews for our semi-finalists and later the finalists. In the spread sheet below you can follow our process. Those marked with purple got elected as semi finalists. Clicking on the rating you can read the review by the assigned judge. Where there is no rating, there is no review either.

The Vessel of Ra Catherine Shaff-Stump
The Werewolf Whisperer Camilla Ochlan, Bonita Gutierrez 3.5*
The Ashen Levels C.F. Welburn 4.3*
The Procurement of Souls Benjamin Hope 3*
Beneath Cruel Fathoms Anela Deen 3.9*
A Sea of Broken Glass Sonya M. Black
The 19th Bladesman S.J. Hartland 6*
Raven’s Edge: A Raven’s Tale Adventure Alan Ratcliffe
King of Ashe and Bone Melissa Wright
The Bastard Prince Patty Jansen
After the Fall: Children of the Nephilim Paul Freeman
The Thorning Ceremony Andrew Einspruch 1* 2.5*
Feast of the Raven Catherine Spader
Dragon’s Price: Rise of the Horned Serpent part 1 Daniel Potter
Books & Bone Victoria Corva
Scions of Nexus Gregory Mattix
Taika Town Drew Montgomery
Jess Rising D.M. Guay 2.9*
Belief’s Horizon I.W. Ferguson 6.5
Our Bloody Pearl D.N. Bryn 3*
A Separation of Worlds Rainbow Maccabre
Hound of the Mountain Stephan Morse
Blood and Shadow Robin Lythgoe
When The Elves Are Gone J.B. Allen
Over a God’s Dead Body Joel Spriggs
By the Hand of Dragons: Rook Alexzander Christion
Strathen Grey Melmoth
Dragon Destiny Helen B. Henderson 2.7*
Dragon’s Fury Brian D. Meeks
The Eldritch Heart Matthew S. Cox 4*

*batch mini reviews


Our other SPFBO reviews

We originally used the 5 star rating system, so we kept those. The SPFBO competition uses the 10 star ratings, so if any of the books below will be a finalist, then we’ll convert our ratings accordingly. If you click on the rating, you’ll be able to read our reviews.

Judging Blog
First of Shadows Deck Matthews The Fantasy Hive Nick 4/5
Never Die Rob J. Hayes Lynn’s Books





Blood of Heirs Alicia Wanstall-Burke Fantasy-Faction





Children of the Different S.C. Flynn Lynn’s Books Nick 4/5
Masters of Deception JC Kang The Qwillery Jen 4/5
Into the Labyrinth John Bierce Fantasy Book Critic Jen 3/5
The Sword of Kaigen ML Wang Kitty G Jen 5/5
Sweetblade Carol A Park Superstardrifter Jen 4.5/5
The City Screams Phil Williams Fantasy Book Critic Jen 5/5
The Lore of Prometheus Graham Austin-King Lynn’s Books Timy 5/5
The Prince of Cats Daniel E. Olesen Lynn’s Books Timy 4.5/5
From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court Benedict Patrick Lynn’s Books Timy 4.5/5
Chasing Graves Ben Galley Kitty G Timy 4/5

Tales from the Asylum

This is a new feature I created for SPFBO. I asked the authors to either create or use their own main characters, put them into an asylum room, give a few details and write a scene about them dealing with the situation.

Brian D. Meeks


Progess Update

Nick DNF’s his first 4 books

Belle’s first round of DNFs

Nick DNF’s another 4 books

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